Williams’ rep disclosed to The Hollywood Reporter in a statement, “It is with deep sorrow that the family announces the passing of Emmy nominated actor Michael Kenneth Williams. They ask for your privacy while grieving this unsurmountable loss.”
In just a few weeks, Williams was expected to go to the 2021 Emmys on Sept. 19, where his presentation as Montrose Freeman in Lovecraft Country acquired him a nomination in the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series classification.
Meanwhile, he told the publication in July that recording the HBO show got him in contact with more profound trauma.
He explained at that point, “I know that I have trauma with my past experiences of life – things that have happened to me, things that I have done, bad choices. I live that and I’m working through it. Montrose as well as the other members of his family, they are the epitome of the Black experience.”
“As Black Americans we live such levels of trauma and oppression from the outside world and from each other. For Montrose’s experiences, his storylines to be recognized, it makes me as a Black man feel seen,” he continued.
Williams hoped for “healing” to emerge from the experience in some bizarre way adding how it causes him to feel like “someone is acknowledging the fact that there is a lot of pain in my community and in the experience of just being Black.”
Reactions to Michael K. Williams Has Passed Away
Rest in Peace, Michael K. Williams 🕊 pic.twitter.com/wdEqZO7cu5— 𝕹𝖆𝖓𝖆 𝕵𝖎𝖇𝖗𝖎𝖑 (@girlswithtoys) September 6, 2021
Brooklyn boy made good. Frfr— Drew Comments (@sjs856) September 7, 2021
Rest in power #MichaelKWilliams 🙏🏾🕊 pic.twitter.com/c7UEXQYYWg
Michael K. Williams had many incredible roles under his belt as an actor, but none of them will ever touch this Oscar deserving performance pic.twitter.com/yhVYJ6axAJ— Donavan (Cripp Daddy♿) (@RealYungCripp) September 6, 2021
“I use my job to engage empathy and compassion for people society might stereotype or ostricise.”— StanceGrounded (@_SJPeace_) September 6, 2021
— Michael K. Williams
RIP KING 👑 pic.twitter.com/qBiRS3UXGW
RIP Michael K. Williams 😢— Tom Ralston (@studioralston) September 6, 2021
He was fantastic in everything, but incomparable as Omar. pic.twitter.com/wEY4cq3qfj
Keep Dancing 🕺🏾 may the ancestors welcome you with open arms. Rest in power 🙏🏾👑🕊♥️#michaelkwilliams @DillardVicki pic.twitter.com/3aMZoiOcU7— FANPAGE ONLY of Vicki Dillard (@DillardFanpage) September 6, 2021
michael k williams was the same kind of actor to me as philip seymour hoffman where they could show up in anything and it brought an extra spark. to lose them both so soon just fucking sucks— rachel (@hexesintexas) September 7, 2021
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